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REnewable FunctIoNal matErial –
Training material scientists for a sustainable polymer industry

Objective

"The plastic industry contributes around 23% of the total sales in the European chemical industry but is traditionally heavily reliant on petrochemicals for their raw material, additives and reaction media (solvents). REFINE will develop sustainable routes to functional materials (green routes) for various polymer/plastic applications. The network will make use of integrated approaches combining green raw materials, green synthesis (biotechnology) and green processing. This will be complemented by critical life cycle analyses and end-user benchmarking. The network will demonstrate these concepts by targeting selected relevant industrial applications, which are fundamentally dependent upon polymers such as thin film applications (coatings, personal care, etc.).

Its leading experts in polymer and material science and biotechnology from 6 academic and research institutions, 2 multinational industrial end-users from different application areas (performance polymers and personal care products) and 1 SMEs will make use of integrated approaches combining green raw materials, green synthesis and green processing. These three elements will systematically be linked in a chain of knowledge approach and complemented through critical life cycle analyses by an SME with specific expertise in ecological process evaluation.

The REFINE network will train a new generation of materials researchers, who are aware of the envi-ronmental impact of their work and can apply the tools of sustainability in their future positions (sustainable materials scientists). It will positively impact the employability of its researchers in the bioplastic industry with a predicted growth of >25% by 2020 by giving them a unique combination of skills through scientific, industrial and individual training at the local and network level.

REFINE will develop a green technology, which can directly be validated and integrated by industry and thus lead towards a greener and more sustainable society."

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY
Address
Glasnevin
9 Dublin
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 869 764
Administrative Contact
Andreas Heise (Dr.)

Participants (10)

CRODA INTERNATIONAL PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 267 653
Address
Cowick Hall
DN14 9AA Snaith, East Yorkshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Keith Layden (Dr.)
DSM MATERIALS SCIENCE CENTER BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 325 626
Address
Urmonderbaan 22
6167 RD Geleen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Willy Boekhout (Mr.)
EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 250 827
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Matthijs De Geus (Dr.)
EPEA-INTERNATIONALE UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 200 697
Address
Trostbrucke 4
20457 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Oliver Widmann (Mr.)
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 478 687
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pia Ahnlén (Dr.)
SPRIN SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 219 084
Address
Viale Xx Settembre 17
34125 Trieste
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sara Cantone (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 499 713
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Laurent (L.N.I.H.) Nelissen (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 491 950
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georg Gübitz (Prof.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 535 304
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Cartledge (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ

Participation ended

Austria
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michaela Pressnig (Dr.)